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Why Government Fails, and What We Should Do About It

by Lee H. Hamilton

As election season approaches, I’ve been pondering a crucial issue about the role of government in our society. It’s that our government often fails — and that we need to address this. What’s odd is that while the frequent failures in government’s performance are very much on ordinary people’s minds, politicians don’t talk much about fixing them.

True, you might hear a few words about the

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We Need to Stop Digging

by Congressman Sam Graves

Most people know that when you have dug yourself into a hole, the first thing you do is stop digging. Unfortunately, this kind of common sense has escaped many in Washington. Currently, the federal government owns over a quarter of all land in the United States. This is far more land than it is able to maintain; the National Park Service alone has a maintenance backlog

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USDA Extends Deadline for Emergency Assistance

For livestock, honeybees, and farm-raised fish program

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Juan M. Garcia announced today that the enrollment deadline for the 2012 and 2013 Emergency Assistance for Livestock, Honeybees and Farm-Raised Fish Program (ELAP) has been extended to Aug. 15, 2014. Originally, program sign-up was scheduled to end Aug. 1.

The new deadline gives livestock, honeybee, and farm-raised fish producers who experienced losses

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Capital Report: Amendment 1 – Protecting Farming in Missouri

by State Sen. Brad Lager

Since the early 1800s, Missouri has been known for its agricultural industry. It has long been a pillar of our economy and still today, it remains our largest economic industry, with almost 100,000 farming operations throughout the state. According the Missouri Department of Agriculture, it’s responsible for nearly 300,000 jobs in every area of our state. Nationally, we rank second in the production of cattle,

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Letter to the Editor: Amendment #1

Dear Editor:

On Aug. 5 voters need to support Amendment #1 to help stop the runaway regulation that is taking place in our nation. The Missouri Farming Amendment is to help protect Missouri farmers from harmful and burdensome regulations. Don’t take me wrong, some regulations are needed, but we are being overrun with them. A lot of regulations are not based on science but someone’s idea that thinks we need

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Capital Report: Amendment 5

Protecting the right to bear arms

by State Sen. Brad Lager

The U.S. Constitution serves as the foundation of our democracy. This structure, established by our founding fathers, was based on the belief that government should function to protect the rights of its citizens while ensuring their fundamental liberties are guaranteed. Shaped through their experiences to secure their independence, among the most cherished freedoms they prescribed in the Constitution was

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Why Incumbents Keep Getting Reelected

by Lee H. Hamilton

It’s no news that Congress is unpopular. In fact, at times it seems like the only real novelty on Capitol Hill would be a jump in its approval rating. In June, a Gallup poll found members’ standing with the American people at a historic low for a midterm-election year. Which might have been notable except, as The Washington Post pointed out, that “Congress’s approval rating has

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Capital Report: A Proposal on Immigration

by Congressman Sam Graves

A wise person once said, “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result.” Well, if you look at the current approach of not enforcing our laws, not securing our borders, and ignoring the will of the people, it is nothing short of insanity. Unfortunately, this is the approach we have come to expect out of the Obama

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Nixon Protects Conservation Legacy with Two Vetoes

Gov. Jay Nixon today vetoed two bills that would have redefined the term “livestock” to include captive deer in order to eliminate the role of the Missouri Department of Conservation in regulating white-tailed deer. The governor said those provisions of Senate Bill 506 and House Bill 1326 would go against longstanding successful conservation practices and also would clearly violate the Missouri Constitution, which gives exclusive authority over game and wildlife

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